Making Porn | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader
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MAKING PORN, at Theatre Building Chicago. Producer Caryn Horwitz brings this 1995 cash cow back to Chicago regularly, where the title and the show's nudity ensure an audience. This tour of Ronnie Larsen's literal expose of San Francisco's gay video porn scene in the 1980s also features sweet-faced, hard-muscled Falcon Studios phenom Matthew Rush as the protagonist, a straight stud who'd rather be an actor than an idol to the lavender masses. His wife, however, develops a taste for marketing video smut. A backstory shows how AIDS affected assorted gay lovers, on and off camera.

Larsen's teasing script and staging combine inside information (did you know milk can double as semen?) with a hard-edged, antiromantic treatment of the porn trade. In contrast to Rush's earnest recitations, Rob Romoni--also billed as a porn star--delivers relationship advice in an amusingly clipped, Eve Arden-like voice. You could call this good dirty fun except that Larsen's grimly formulaic treatment comes close to an after-school special for the trench coat brigade. Playing next door, Bailiwick's long-running Naked Boys Singing is a much better deal.

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